DANIEL CABENA

Countertenor

BIOGRAPHY

Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire.

 

As Lydie-Anne in the world premiere of Les Feluettes (March/Bouchard) with Opera de Montreal, critic Richard Turp declared his performance “both profoundly touching and utterly compelling, his vocal poise and theatrical aplomb constantly rewarding”. Daniel reprises his role with Pacific Opera Victoria in their production in 2017.

 

Daniel holds an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Doctorate of Music from l’Université de Montréal. He was the 2012 recipient of the Virginia Parker Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts and recently completed a Master in Specialized Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland.

 

European engagements for this exceptional artist include performances with Musica Fiorita, Ensemble Diapsalma, Le Concert Spirituel and the Schlossmediale Festival.

In Canada, Daniel has appeared as a soloist with Guelph Chamber Choir, Nota Bene Period Orchestra, Lameque Baroque Festival and Prince Edward Island’s Indian River Festival.

 

Daniel toured Canada with “A Sanctuary in Song”, a captivating recital of 20th Century English and Canadian song with pianist Stephen Runge.

 

At the forefront of Canada’s contemporary music scene, Daniel premiered “L’horreur de constater qu’on nous oubliera”, a song cycle for countertenor and orchestra (Stacey Brown/Bertrand Laverdure) with l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, and in 2016 starred in Air India:Name Redacted with Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble, based on the poetry of Renee Sarojini Saklikar, with Irish composer Jurgen Simpson.

 

Recent oratorio performances for Daniel include his debut with Newfoundland Symphony in Handel’s Messiah and this season he looks forward to Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Grand Philharmonic Choir, as well as his debut with Victoria Symphony in Messiah. In 2017, Daniel reprises Lydie-Anne in Les Feluettes with Pacific Opera Victoria.

In Les Feluettes with L’Opera de Montreal –

“...both profoundly touching and utterly compelling... Daniel Cabena as Lydie-Anne (Simon’s fiance), his vocal poise and theatrical aplomb constantly rewarding”

Richard Turp, Opera Canada

SELECTED ROLES

Tolomeo | Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Le Castrat | JJR - Citoyen de Genève

Lydie-Anne de Roziers | Les Feluettes

SELECTED REPERTOIRE

Pergolesi | Stabat Mater

Handel | Dixit Dominus

Bach | Weihnachts Oratorium

Daniel Cabena, Countertenor

RESUME

Opera

2017

Lydie- Anne de Rozier (Les Feluettes)

2016

Lydie- Anne de Rozier (Les Feluettes)

2015

Spirit/Chorus (Dido and Aeneas)

2012

Le Castrat (JJR – Citoyen de Genève)

Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

2010

Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

2009

Raphael (Francesca’s Folly)

Soloist & Chorus (King Arthur)

2008

Le Musicien & Chorus (Le Carnaval et la Folie)

2007

Nutrice (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

2006

Fortuna & Donna Elvira (Dal Male il Bene)

Emperor (Erzebet Bathory)

Shepherd, Huntsman & Chorus (Venus and Adonis)

Le Pilote (Prochain Départ)

2005

Uberto (La Conversione di Clodoveo)*

2004

God (Il Primo Omicidio)

Natura & Endimione (La Calisto)

2003

Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

 

 

March/Bouchard

 

March/Bouchard

 

Purcell

 

P. Fénelon

Handel

 

Handel

 

T.Corlis

Purcell

 

A-C.Destouches

 

Monteverdi

 

Abbatini, Marazzoli

S.Cooper

J.Blow

S.Bertrand

 

A.Caldara

 

Scarlatti

Cavalli

 

Britten

 

 

Pacific Opera Victoria

 

L’Opera de Montreal

 

Les Violons du Roy, Québec

 

Grand Théâtre de Genève

Thirteen Strings, Ottawa

 

Centre for Opera Studies in Italy

 

Chestnut Hall Camerata

Toronto Masque Theatre

 

Académie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay, France

 

L'Atelier de l'Opéra de l'Université de Montréal

 

Canasian Dance/Toronto Continuo Collective

La Nef, Montréal, Opera Workshop

Toronto Masque Theatre

Atelier de l'Opéra de l'Université de Montréal

 

Les Voix Baroques / Il Confidenti

 

Grand River Baroque Festival

The Toronto Consort

 

Wilfrid Laurier University Opera

 

PRESS KIT

HEADSHOTS

DOCUMENTS

Updated Dec 2016

 

 

AUDIO

Finzi

The dance continued

 

Vivaldi

Recit: Cessate, Omai Cessate

 

Vivaldi

Se A Me Rivolge Il Ciglio

 

Bach

Ach dass ich Wassers

ARTIST CONNECTIONS

Oratorio & Concert

2016

Messiah

Dixit Dominus

2015

Messiah

Motets

German Baroque Cantatas

Motets and Chansons

Cantatas

Motets

L'horreur de constater qu'on nous oubliera


Messiah

2014

Stabat Mater

Missa Ecco Si Beato Giorno

“A Sanctuary in Song”

Cantatas for Advent

Messiah

Vespers

Stabat Mater

Motets et Chansons

Music of the Swiss Baroque

Hidden Songs (Workshop)

2013

Weihnachts Oratorium

Messiah

Cantatas

Cantatas

Missa Salisburgensis

“Motets from the Spanish and Portuguese Renaissance”

“Luterani in Italia”

Johannes Passion

Membra Jesu nostri

Vespers

 

 

Handel

Handel

 

Handel

Vialardo

Various

Machaut

Stadlmayer

Perti

Stacey Brown/
Bertrand Laverdure

Handel

 

Pergolesi

A.Striggio

Various

Bach

Handel

Praetorius

Pergolesi

Machaut

Gletle, Molitor

Stacey Brown/Augustin Rioux

 

Bach

Handel

Bach

Graupner

Biber

Various

Various

Bach

D. Buxtehude

Monteverdi

 

 

Victoria Symphony

Grand Philharmonic Choir

 

Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra

Musica Fiorita, Basel

Scaramella, Toronto

Ensemble La Morra, Basel/York Early Music Festival

Musica Fiorita, Basel

Musica Fiorita, Basel

Orchestre de la Francophonie


Musica Fiorita, Basel

 

Diapsalma, Basel

Le concert spirituel, Paris

Atlantic Canada & Ontario Recital

Nota Bene, Waterloo

Guelph Chamber Choir

Kantaten in der Predigerkirche, Basel

Schlossmediale Werdenberg

Ensemble La Morra

Musica Fiorita, Basel

Eye-Eye-Eye, Montréal

 

Berliner Figuralchor

La Cetra, Basel

Ensemble Alia Mens

Ensemble Pygmalion, Paris

Hassler Consort, Swabia

Cantus 1450, Basel

Ensemble della Scuola di Musica Antica, Venice

Berliner Figuralchor

La Divina Harmonia, Milan

Zürcher Sing-Akademie/La Scintilla

 

Recordings

2014

Motets (J.M. Gletle), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel, Daniela Dolci

Motets (V. Molitor), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel, Daniela Dolci

2012

A Sanctuary in Song: A Recital for Voice and Piano, with pianist, Stephen Runge, CBC

Six Cantatas; Orpheus & Euridice (William Hayes), Glossa / The Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Players, Anthony Rooley

Motets (G.P. Cima), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel, Daniela Dolci

2011

Missa defunctorum (A.Caldara), Pan Classics/Musica Fiorita, Basel, Daniela Dolci

Polish Baroque Music, CPO/Ensemble Weser-Renaissance, Bremen, Manfred Cordes

Missa Ecco Si Beato Giorno (A.Striggio), Glossa/Le Concert Spirituel, Paris, Hervé Niquet

2008

Gloria (Vivaldi), Analekta/Ensemble Caprice, Montreal, Matthias Maute

2007

Ars Nova (Machaut, Landini, et al), URSH, Karen Young

2006

Verse Anthems (Gibbons, Ward, Blow, Tomkins), ATMA/Le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Christopher Jackson

Magnificats (Pierre de la Rue), Naxos/Viva Voce, Montreal, Peter Schubert

2001

Requiem (W.A.Mozart), Dorian/Les Violons du Roy/La Chapelle de Québec, Bernard Labadie

Accomplishments

EDUCATION

2010-12 | Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Master of Arts in Specialized Musical Performance

2006-10 | L'université de Montréal, Doctor of Music in Voice Performance

2000-04 | Wilfrid Laurier University, Honours Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance

 

AWARDS

2012 | Virginia Parker Prize, Canada Council for the Arts

2011 | Troisième Prix, Concours de Chant Baroque de Froville, France

2010-11 & 2011-12 | Grant for Professional Musicians, Canada Council for the Arts

2010 | Bernard Diamant Prize for Professional Singers, Canada Council for the Arts

2007 & 2010 | Travel Grant for Professional Musicians, Canada Council for the Arts

2007 & 2009 | Grant for Travel to Aldeburgh, Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation

2005-06 & 2006-07 | George Cedric Ferguson Scholarship, Université de Montréal

2004 | Alumni Gold Medal in Music, Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music

2004 | Scholarship in Music (Performance), Lucy Morrison Memorial Fund for Education, Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire

2004 | First Prize, Guelph Spring Festival Competition

REVIEWS

In Les Feluettes with L’Opera de Montreal – 

"...both profoundly touching and utterly compelling... Daniel Cabena as Lydie-Anne (Simon’s fiancée), his vocal poise and theatrical aplomb constantly rewarding.”

Richard Turp, Opera Canada

 

 

In O Magnum Mysterium with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra – 

" ... it was a pleasure to hear countertenor Daniel Cabena’s gentle, elegant singing, supported by an especially fine sensitivity to the text."

Natasha Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen

 

 

In air india [REDACTED] with Turning Point Ensemble – 

“...Cabena could fairly be described as extraordinary”

Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

 

 

In Dido and Aeneas with Les Violons du Roy – 

“...counter-tenor Daniel Cabena stood out even amid the general din of talent.”

Lev Bratishenko, Montreal Gazette

 

 

As Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Thirteen Strings – 

"The star of the evening came in the form of Daniel Cabena (Tolomeo), who shone in his humorous character and the flexible style in which he sung, melding chest voice and falsetto into his lines effortlessly."

Andrew Burn, The Heckeler

 

“Countertenor Cabena portrayed the black-hearted Tolomeo as an effeminate masochist, delightfully in certain scenes, and with strong, articulate singing to boot.”

Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen

 

Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Reykjavik, Iceland – 

“Daniel Cabena's countertenor was nothing less then excellent in the alto role”

Ríkharður Ö. Pálsson, Morgunblaðið fimmtudagur

 

In concert with Musica Fiorita, Motets by Swiss composer Gletle – 

"Daniel Cabena was also very classy, with his freely flowing, slender, well-sustained alto voice."

Alfred Ziltener, Basellandschaftliche Zeitung